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More doctors ‘using Botox to treat migraines’


More doctors 'using Botox to treat migraines'Image-conscious individuals looking to receive Botox treatment to reverse the physical signs of ageing could be interested in alternative uses for the substance.

According to ABC 7News, increasing numbers of US doctors are using the treatment to ease the pain of migraines among patients.

The rise in the procedure's popularity comes after the Food and Drug Administration approved the product's use in select medical instances.

Experts define chronic migraines as 15 or more headaches per month, with many people experiencing problems with other aspects of their life as a result.

Dr Jason Krutsch, pain management specialist at University of Colorado Hospital, said: "Patients are often at [their] wits' end often having tried multiple medications and injections, and Botox is often the last step and the saving grace."

This news comes after UK charity the Migraine Trust called for the government to allow the NHS to issue the injection for the relief of headaches for free.ADNFCR-2621-ID-800622008-ADNFCR

Research results in further progress for Botox treatments


New research has resulted in improvements being made to Botox.A group of scientists in the UK have successfully refined Botox to increase its range of uses in pain relief.

The researchers from the Medical Research Council’s Laboratory of Molecular Biology said they have been able to separate the individual molecules and join them back together again, which could allow the treatment to benefit those with Parkinson’s, cerebral palsy and chronic migraine even more.

“This is the first time we have been able to treat protein molecules like Lego building blocks, mixing and matching them to create the basis for treatments that would not previously have been possible,” said Bazbek Davletov, who led the study.

It is hoped that the findings will allow Botox to be created more easily and will also reduce its toxic effects in large doses, which currently limit its use.

Back in August 2010, Mark Weatherall from the Migraine Trust told the Sun that Botox can vastly improve the lives of those who suffer from extreme headaches.


Botox ‘could help with excessive salivation’


Botox could prevent excessive dribbling.A new study has suggested that Botox treatment could help people who struggle with excessive salivation, such as those who have lost motor functions in their face.

Researchers at Radboud University in Holland gave the drug to 131 subjects with cerebral palsy or other neurological disorders, all of whom were unable to control their saliva.

After two months, more than half of the subjects were showing an improvement, while after eight months, the dribbling was found to be much less severe.

The effects were still showing up after 12 months, the scientists found.

“Its safety and efficacy make botulinum toxin (Botox) a useful first-line invasive treatment if conservative measures have failed,” explained the researchers.

Other secondary benefits found during the study included improved oral hygiene and better speech.

Botox could also be helpful to migraine sufferers, with Mark Weatherall from the Migraine Trust recently telling the Sun it could halve the number of headaches people get.

Migraine sufferers could predict attacks’


An impending migraine - which may later be treated with Botox - can be spotted beforehand.Migraine sufferers may be able to learn when they are about to have an attack and could then have Botox to prevent it.

Writing for lifestyle website Helium, Kevin Goleski said migraines are thought to be linked to the fifth cranial nerve, which is linked to the face and jaw.

He said flashing lights in the eyes can be a symptom of an impending migraine, as can growing numbness in the arms or legs.

“Your attacks follow a similar manner, thus you have a good indication when a migraine is going to attack,” he pointed out.

Anyone who finds they are getting migraines very frequently may benefit from Botox treatment.

Mark Weatherall from the Migraine Trust recently told the Sun it could halve the number of headaches sufferers get and may assist them in getting their lives back in particularly debilitating cases.

He said it could also help those with cerebral palsy, although it is not a miracle treatment.

Botox ‘can give migraine sufferers their lives back’


Botox is not just great for wrinkles.Using Botox as a treatment for severe headaches can help to give sufferers respite from their debilitating conditions, one expert has said.

Mark Weatherall from the Migraine Trust told the Sun people think of Botox simply as something celebrities use to beat wrinkles, but this is not the case.

In fact, they can be used to treat a variety of medical conditions, including cerebral palsy and migraines.

“On average, Botox halves the number of headaches that these people get. It’s not a miracle, but it can be enough to give some people their lives back,” he explained.

Mr Weatherall added that this can be enough to allow people with migraines to hold down a normal job or stay in school.

According to statistics published by the Migraine Trust, pain and symptoms from this kind of headache affect 18 per cent of women and eight per cent of men.

The exact reasons for this are still unclear.

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